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04 Dec

MAKE NEW: Gospel Movement Among the "Ones Jesus Loves" in Egypt

CRM / Novo is a band of creative missionaries; determined, innovative, and responsive to the Spirit. We are sent to multiply movements of the gospel and to mobilize the church for mission. In everything we do, our hearts look forward to the day when all will be made new. Novo, it means ‘to make new.’

One beautiful example shared in our CRM / Novo introduction video (see below) is from Egypt: In Egypt, the love of God reached families isolated by disability. This brought transformation to their communities, and is sparking wildfires of gospel movement in the Muslim world.

 
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29 Nov

Celebrating Gospel Movement: Our 2018 Annual Ministry Report

 

“CRM / Novo is a band of creative missionaries sent to multiply movements of the gospel and mobilize the church for mission around the world.”

Every year we pause to take an account of what God has done through the efforts of our staff. Each of our missionaries takes time to record the stories and numbers of people impacted, share moments of breakthrough and answered prayer, and celebrate the goodness of our God and his Kingdom.

The Annual Ministry Report is a summary of all of these things. 

While it may just look like numbers on a page, what these stories and details represent is something powerful and growing.

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27 Nov

MAKE NEW: An Expanding Gospel Movement Among Prisoners

CRM / Novo is a band of creative missionaries; determined, innovative, and responsive to the Spirit. We are sent to multiply movements of the gospel and to mobilize the church for mission. In everything we do, our hearts look forward to the day when all will be made new. Novo, it means ‘to make new.’

One example of this vision in action shared in the CRM / Novo introductory video (see below) is taking place in prisons: In US state prisons, a friendship with one inmate led to Bible studies with many others. Now people are discovering Jesus in five prisons and the good news has reached beyond the walls to their families and friends.

Learn the up-to-date details of how far this movement has spread, and where it continues to expand...

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20 Nov

We Are Risk-Takers

In the process of coming up with our new name, Novo (read more about it here), we began by looking back at our history. In the process, we discovered a few distinctives that we feel help to define Novo staff. The first of those is that we are disciples; deeply committed to knowing and following Jesus. We also identify asfire-starters; multiplying our impact by equipping, empowering, and collaborating with others.

Another key distinctive iswe are risk-takers; rising to new challenges, willing to lay our lives on the line for the cause of Christ. Here is how Bobby Booze, one of the Directors of Ethne, sees Novo’s calling as risk-takers:

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19 Nov

We Are Fire-Starters

In the process of coming up with our new name, Novo (read more about it here), we began by looking back at our history. In the process, we discovered a few distinctives that we feel help to define Novo staff. The first of those is that we are disciples; deeply committed to knowing and following Jesus.

The second is that we are fire-starters; multiplying our impact by equipping, empowering, and collaborating with others.Here is how Doralicia Gonzales, Ethne staff in Málaga, Spain, sees Novo’s calling as fire-starters:

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16 Nov

We Are Disciples

In the process of coming up with our new name, Novo (read more about it here), we started with looking at who we are—the things that characterize this band of missionaries. We came up with words like… Creative. Determined. Innovative. In the end we identified a few distinctives that we feel define Novo staff. The first of those is that we are disciples; deeply committed to knowing and following Jesus.

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll hear how some of our staff see these distinctives lived out in their ministry lives. Today, Abigail Liu, InnerCHANGE staff in Los Angeles, California, shares her perspective on Novo’s first calling as disciples of Christ:

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08 Nov

MAKE NEW: The Expanding Gospel Movement Among Youth in Cambodia

CRM / Novo is a band of creative missionaries; determined, innovative, and responsive to the Spirit. We are sent to multiply movements of the gospel and to mobilize the church for mission. In everything we do, our hearts look forward to the day when all will be made new. Novo, it means ‘to make new.’

One of the stories that exemplifies this vision to multiply movements in creative ways, featured in CRM / Novo’s introduction video (see below), is a gospel movement in Asia: In Cambodia, when our staff saw that children living on the street loved to worship, they started a worship school. Now these youth have become musicians and leaders, bringing hope to the places they call home.

CRM / Novo shared a special video about this worship movement on the streets of Cambodia in 2017, but the movement didn’t stop there. It has expanded to other cities and flowed into a new youth church plant, where some of these youth are leaders.

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06 Nov

MAKE NEW: The Thief Who Brought His Neighborhood to Jesus

CRM / Novo is a band of creative missionaries; determined, innovative, and responsive to the Spirit. We are sent to multiply movements of the gospel and to mobilize the church for mission. In everything we do, our hearts look forward to the day when all will be made new. Novo, it means ‘to make new.’ 

One beautiful example shared in our CRM / Novo introduction video (see below) is from South Africa: a thief who turned to Jesus went door-to-door asking forgiveness. Now he’s mentoring young men in his township, making disciples among those he previously stole from. 

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01 Nov

Every Day of My Life [Video]

I started riding motorcycles as a young guy, and I was good at it. The first time I threw a leg over a motorcycle, I was in love. “Oh my gosh, this is it!” It was a long time from that moment until I got saved. I started riding when I was about 12, and I got saved when I was 28. During those years I was having a lot of fun and being coached by some really good people. I had the opportunity to train and gain a lot of experience in being highly mobile over all kinds of terrain: race tracks, desert racing, cross-country. I didn’t realize God was equipping me with what I now call the spiritual gift of mobility. It was exactly what I would need to be able to navigate Cambodia.

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29 Oct

Big News: We're Changing Our Name!

In the summer of 1980, our founders wrote these words about the name of their new organization: 

“We decided to settle on [the name] Church Resource Ministries … We felt we could always change somewhere in the future if necessary.”

When the CRM Communications team discovered this early document while in the beginning stages of our organizational rebrand project, we knew we were on the right track. We knew that it was time to make a change. Today, 38 years after that originating document, we are beyond excited to share with you that as of January 2019, we will have a new name.

Now, if you're a "just the facts" type, or if you're in a big hurry, feel free to zoom down to the bottom of this letter to get the specifics. But if you've got a minute or two, we'd like to share with you a little bit about how we got here...

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